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    Greenville, SC News Flash

    Just received this in an email from a friend. Nothing on Snopes to the contrary. Can someone from South Carolina verify this?

    Greenville County Deputy Dovey Snyder reported two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38.
    Early Monday shortly after midnight, Thurston Poole, 33, of Mauldin, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Easley, were returning to Mauldin after a frog-catching trip.
    On an overcast Sunday night, Poole 's pickup truck headlights malfunctioned.
    The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out.
    As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the 22 caliber bullets from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering-wheel column.
    Upon inserting the bullet the headlights again began to operate properly, and the two men proceeded on eastbound.
    After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the testicles.
    The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the pavement, and struck a tree.
    Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident, but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his testicles, which will never again operate as intended.
    Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released.
    "Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off, or we might be dead," stated Wallis.
    "I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me.
    I can't believe that those two would admit how this accident happened," said Deputy Snyder.
    Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia (Poole ís wife)
    asked how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck?

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    I read something similar to this in the past via the Darwin awards,
    If it doesn't fit, FORCE it! If it breaks then it needed to be replaced anyway.

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    This was one of the things in one of the Mythbusters episodes. I can't remember how it came out but it seems to me they decided it was a myth.

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    Snopes says False - The Bullet Fuse

  6. That story goes clear back into the '90's as a manufactured Darwin Award. In fact, it predated the SUV, Lab Retriever, Dynamite, ice fishing story/duck hunting story.

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    It is good to know that there is no one that stupid!

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    SC - South Charleston
    That much metal being used for a 12v fuse would cause a shorted wire to burn off any plastic covering and start a fire somewhere else in the vehicle LONG before the .22 casing ever gets warm to the touch.

    If it doesn't pass the giggle factor, one should trust himself to rely on his own doubt.
    Don't let PUBLIC EDUCATION be responsible for your legacy of "Gun Control". If you don't train them, who will?

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    Oct 2009
    South Carolina USA
    Quote Originally Posted by XD357grandpa View Post
    That story goes clear back into the '90's as a manufactured Darwin Award. In fact, it predated the SUV, Lab Retriever, Dynamite, ice fishing story/duck hunting story.
    It goes back much further than that! (I remember the story from the 1960"s.)

    BTW; I used a 22lr wrapped in the foil of a gum wrapper back in the 1970's in a very similar way in my 1972 Ford PUT. It worked perfectly until I got back to the city to buy a new box of fuses.


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